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IN MY HUMBLE OPINION

Written by

Carrie Carter-Henderson

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eing a native Nevadan and a resident of Las Vegas since the age of four, I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience the ever changing and evolving city that I am proud to call home.

In the past, fashion wouldn’t typically be one of the descriptive highlights anyone used when talking about Las Vegas. Today our fabulous city is home to some of the most prominent fashion houses from around the globe, with many of them boasting the highest sales volume of any of their other worldwide locations. Additionally, being the trade show capital of the world, Las Vegas hosts numerous conferences that hold their annual shows here to display their wares to buyers of some of the largest retail stores and specialty boutiques. Those conferences include menswear, womenswear, accessories, shoes, bridal, jewelry, the beauty industry, and much more. I became fascinated with the fashion industry as a teenager when I chose to step into the world of modeling. Many years later and after several adventures traveling the world working for some of the top fashion designers in the business, I decided to come back home and attend UNLV to study Business Management and Finance. In 1997, I founded BESTAgency, which has grown to include a fabulous team, employ over 300, and represent thousands of independent contractors. We have multiple divisions that include a model/talent agency, event, production, and wardrobe departments, and we create entertainment concepts for hotels, shopping malls, cruise lines, and one-of-a-kind special events.

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Creating community is always in fashion…

Beyond that, I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful organizations in our community and have been able to incorporate the talent and resources of our team into events to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits throughout Las Vegas as well as educate myself on the needs of our community. My work with various organizations includes being a founding board member for the new Discovery Children’s Museum, a founding member and past president for Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, a member and past president of the Entrepreneurs Organization, and involvement with many more individual organizations. All of my business and philanthropic endeavors have presented me with the opportunity to connect with some very passionate individuals and companies that have a strong interest in social responsibility and building a better community. These life experiences and connections have led me to the next chapter in my life—to form the Las Vegas Fashion Council (LVFC). What I have come to realize over the years is the value of a team approach to getting things done whether it is in business or for the betterment of the community. None of these endeavors would be possible without a remarkably talented and passionate team of leaders and community-minded individuals. The LVFC is just one more example of pulling a team together with a passion to diversify the Las Vegas economy through the fashion industry. With almost one year under our belt, we have had the opportunity to engage and mentor interns, fashion curriculum students, emerging artists, and numerous nonprofit organizations to raise funds and awareness through the efforts of fashion. A